By virtue of inherent nature Mars, the planet of vigour and passion, and Venus, the planet of love and conjugal relationship create mutual attraction between the opposite sex. The Moon representing mind (Chandrama manso jatah) shows the inclination, Jupiter blesses the two with the bond of marriage, and Saturn, as lord of 'time; solemnises marriage at an appropriate time. As a restrictive planet, Saturn also inculcates faithfulness, controls amorous digressions, and ensures lasting bond of marriage. The astrological principles discussed in this article apply to both the males and females.
A person enters Grahastha Ashram, or becomes a house holder, on getting married. It is an important stage of life and every eligible bachelor has high expectations from his marriage and spouse. Although it is said that the marriages are settled in heaven, yet the Vedic science of Astrology unfolds a clear picture about the married life of an individual, whether his expectations will be fulfilled or not. The elders in every Hindu family invariably have the horoscopes of their marriageable child examined by an astrologer to ascertain about the marriage prospects and then look for a suitable match with complementary horoscope to ensure that their married life is happy, healthy and prosperous. However, complete marital bliss is quite rare.
For ascertaining marriage prospects of an individual the factors to be examined are primarily the 7th house (marriage), and also 2nd house (family, and longevity of spouse being 8th from 7th house), the 8th house (mangalya, or marital happiness), 4th house( general happiness), the 5th house (love and progeny), 12th house (bed comforts) together with Moon (mind) and Venus, significator for marriage and conjugal bliss (Kalatra Karaka). In the case of girls, Jupiter, significator for husband, is given prime importance. The benefic association or aspect of Jupiter on the 7th house and the 7th lord indicates a virtuous and loyal spouse.
When 7th and 8th house, their lords, Venus and Moon are strong and associated with, or aspected by, benefics the native's married life is quite happy. Their debilitation, combustion or affliction by malefics - Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu - makes marriage unhappy. The position of Mars in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th houses constitutes mangal dosha, as from these locations Mars either aspects or occupies the house concerned with marriage, thereby spoiling marital happiness and, if afflicted endangers the life of the spouse. The marriage of a manglik individual is invariably solemnised after matching the horoscopes for counter balancing the dosha (defect).
When the Sun is in the 7th house, the wife comes from a higher status family, is proud and dominating. Mars in the 7th house gives a harsh and cruel spouse. If afflicted then even death of spouse. Saturn in the 7th house makes the spouse morose and undersexed. The marriage is delayed, or with a widower, or with one not good looking. When Rahu is in the 7th house, the marriage is late, the wife comes from a low family, is sickly, and the native has relationship with low caste women. Ketu in the 7th house also indicates unhappy married life, unless it is posited in Scorpio (exalted), due to illness or early death of spouse.
A strong and well aspected Mercury or Moon in the 7th house indicates a young, beautiful and intelligent wife. Venus in 7th house indicates a handsome but overindulgent spouse. Jupiter in the 7th house gives a religious and capable spouse. Then the lord of the 7th house is located with a benefic planet and also aspected by a benefic, or if it is located in between benefics (Subhkartari Yoga), it indicates a good wife.
The study of Navamsa chart is another important tool for discerning the marriage prospects. If the 7th lord and karaka Venus occupy inimical or debilitated Navamsa, and are also devoid of benefic influence, then the native faces problems in marriage and gets a bad wife. If Navamsa lagna lord is Sun, the wife will be devoted but domineering; if Moon then beautiful and peace loving; if Mercury then intelligent, beautiful and capable if Mars then she will be of cruel nature and of doubtful character; if Jupiter, then good natured and religious; if Venus then she is beautiful, comfort loving and is indulgent to the extent of going astray; if Saturn then the wife is of cruel nature and unhelpful. If Navamsa lagna lord is with Rahu or Ketu then she is secretive, cruel and acts against her husband. If the Navamsa lagna lord is conjoined with malefic or receives their aspect, then the wife is quarrelsome.
The result of the location of the 7th lord in different houses, subject to its strength and aspects received, is as follows :
In 1st House : When the 7th lord is a benefic and friendly to Lagna lord, the wife comes from a known family, is helpful to the native and they live happily. If the lord of the 7th house and lagna are located in lagna itself close to each other the native marries early. But if the 7th lord is a natural malefic and weak, the first wife dies, the native marries again and the second wife survives.
In 2nd house : The native marries with wealthy girl and becomes prosperous after marriage. If afflicted, the native faces financial crunch after marriage, and marries again.
In 3rd house : The wife is a source of strength to the native. If afflicted, the wife is attracted towards native's younger brother.
In 4th house : The wife is good natured and helpful to the native who becomes prosperous. If afflicted the native remains unhappy.
In 5th house : The wife is cultured and religious and begets him many children. If afflicted the wife will be cruel and obstinate.
In 6th house : The wife is sickly. The native has to spend a lot on his wife and incurs debt. He falls sick due to excessive indulgence.
In 7th house : The native marries early and leads a happy life with a capable wife. If the 7th lord is malefic and afflicted, there may be affairs outside marriage.
In 8th house : Marriage is delayed, spouse is sickly and married life is unhappy, unless there is strong benefic aspect on the 8th house and 8th lord.
In 9th house : The wife brings luck to the native, whose fortune rises after marriage.
In 10th house : The wife comes from good background and proves helpful in native's profession/enterprise, or may be a working lady, and of independent nature.
In 11th house : The married life is happy. Gains through wife.
In 12th house : The marriage is delayed, there is huge expenditure on wife. If afflicted, wife may die early or there may be separation.
Though Jupiter and Venus, the two most benefic planets, are highly praised for happiness in life, they suffer from Kendradhipati dosha (blemish of owning Kendras, 7th being one). Maharshi Narada states in Naradsamhita that, except in the 7th house, Venus in Kendra blesses a native with sons and wealth. The exception of Venus in 7th house is due to the dictum Karako bhava nasaya as it is karaka for 7th house. Another reason given in Sarvartha Chintamani is that Venus in 7th house makes the native over-sexed.
Jupiter when placed in 7th house ,being his own or exaltation house, or in the Ascendant, delays marriage, as the native considers marriage a burden or obstacle in achieving his goal. When married, the wife belongs to a good family, and is sincere to the native, but she may be sickly or conceited thereby spoiling happiness. The experience shows that the 9th and 5th aspects of Jupiter are better than the 7th, and augment the results of aspected house. When Jupiter is in the 7th house (10th from 10th) the native is talented and rises to eminence.
This is the horoscope of Chief Minister of a South Indian State. She entered politics and gained power via films denoted by Venus, exalted in 10th house. The location of Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 7th house, budha-ditya Yoga in the 9th, Rahu in 11th, and Saturn, lord of 9th in 2nd, Mars with Moon in 3rd house aspecting 9th and 10th house, has made the horoscope very powerful. Jupiter powerfully aspects Moon, Mars, Rahu and Lagna, conferring name, fame, wealth and status. However, the self-same Jupiter posited in the 7th house (sthan hani karoti Jiva) and location of Ketu in the 5th house (denial of progeny) have deprived her of marriage.
When Venus is posited in the 7th house as Karaka, it spoils married life due to excess venery and infidelity after early marriage. The affliction of Venus by Mars, Saturn and Rahu causes extramarital relations. Sometimes even the benefic aspect of Jupiter fails to curb the tendency. The horoscope of Princess Diana of U.K. is the best example on this point.
Venus, lord of 7th house is in 7th, in own sign Taurus. Its aspect on Lagna blessed her with exuberant and charming personality. Lords of 4th and 5th houses, Saturn and Jupiter respectively, posited in the 3rd house aspect the 9th house of luck, and lifted her from the commoner status to royalty. Aspect of Mars on Moon and Lagna made her very firm and independent. Venus in the 7th house resulted in early marriage on 29.7.1981 at the age of 20 years (the year of Venus). Mars and Rahu are in Kendra to Venus and afflict the Moon. This made her indulge in extramarital affairs, break her marriage with future King of U.K., and decide to marry an Egyptian of different faith. The aspect of Neecha and afflicted Jupiter on the 7th house and Venus therein was ineffective to contain the tendency. The cruel fate, however, ended her life in a car accident during Saturn dasa-Rahu Bhukti at the age of 36 year (the year of Saturn) on 31.8.1997.
In keeping with its inherent nature, Saturn delays marriage when posited in the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th or 10th house, either from Lagna or Moon sign from where it affects the 7th house. Saturn in the 7th house gives an aged or unromantic spouse. If such Saturn is further afflicted, then it even denies marriage. Saturn is friend of Venus, but their connection points to questionable private life of the native. Saturn and Sun in opposition in the horoscope delay, and if afflicted even deny, marriage.
The conjunction of Saturn and Mercury in the 7th house leads to unhappy marriage and affect progeny as both are impotent planets.
According to Puranic legend, Moon, the disciple of Deva Guru Jupiter, had developed illicit relations with Guru's wife, which led to the birth of Mercury. If weak Moon is located in the 7th house with Saturn or other malefic, the native is adulterous.
Saturn, lord of 8th, is in 7th house with Moon. The Moon has just come out of debilitation. Mars, malefic for Gemini Lagna, aspects 7th house Saturn Moon combination. The native loved some other man's wife. He did not marry himself and lived with her as husband and wife with the knowledge of her husband. The 7th lord Jupiter is badhaka with Kendradhipati dosha in the company of 12th lord Venus. Hence Jupiter's aspect on the 7th house did not interfere with this illegal alliance.
When Saturn and Mars are posited in the 7th house, or aspect 7th house, or the 7th lord, either there is no marriage or the spouse dies early. The conjunction of Saturn and Rahu afflicting the 7th house or Karaka Venus create severe problems in marriage.
The horoscope is of a former Central Minister. In the chart lord of 9th and 2nd, Jupiter and Sun respectively are in 2nd house and exalted Mercury posited in 3rd house aspects Moon in the 9th house (Bhagya). These account for her good wealth, oratory power and high status. The 7th lord Saturn is in 5th house (Scorpio) with debilitated Rahu. The 7th house is in papkartari Yoga, retrograde Mars is in 8th from Lagna and 12th from Moon, causing strong Mangal dosha. The 7th house and the 7th lord from Moon, Mercury is aspected by Retrograde Mars and Ketu. There is no benefic aspect on the 7th house. Saturn and Rahu in the 5th house restricted progeny and she has one son. Her married life was reportedly beset with problems and her husband died in plane crash when she was only 24 years.
The horoscope belongs to world renowned Indian singer. The lord of 7th house Mars is in the 6th house with Ketu and Saturn occupies the 8th house, thereby pioneering the 7th house in Papkartari Yoga. Though Mars in 6th house has left no rival to challenge her professional supremacy, and Saturn in the 8th house in Jupiter's sign ensures long life, destiny has denied her the blessings of married life. Jupiter's aspect on the 7th house from Lagna, being lord of 8th and 11th house and itself posited in an inimical sign, did not help in the matter. From Moon sign the 7th lord Saturn goes to the 6th house, without any benefic aspect pointing to the same effect.
As stated earlier, the 7th house relates to spouse and the 2nd house (8th from 7th) indicates his/her longevity. When there are malefic planets in the 7th and 2nd houses and their dispositors are weak, the native loses his wife and marries again. If there are malefic planets in Lagna, the 2nd or 7th and the lord of the 7th house is weak by being eclipsed, or being in its sign of debilitation, the native may have to marry thrice.
The native got married for the first time in December, 1994. He separated from his wife in April, 1995 and the divorce was granted in November 1997. He married again in May, 1999 and a daughter was born in January, 2000. With the aspect of 7th lord Jupiter, exalted in 11th house, on the 7th house he got married for the second time. However, due to location of the 6th lord Saturn in 7th, Rahu in 8th, and 8th lord Mars in Lagna from where it aspects 7th and 8th house, the married life remains unhappy.